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ImageWelcome to Verdigris. This site provides information about environmental initiatives for the international printing community. It has a range of articles and reference links for printers, publishers, technology providers and anyone else who’s interested.

Articles cover all sorts of topics from explaining the basics of carbon footprinting for printers, to describing how individual printing companies are doing their bit to minimise their impact on the envrionment. This is an educational site that includes reference material and links to industry associations and environmental organisations around the world.

Sustainability at drupa

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

The industry’s mega show is an all consuming beast that is already exhausting. There has been an onslaught of previews, announcements and rumour, so much so that we all just want it to be over. Based on what we have heard so far, drupa 2016 will not be remembered for driving conversations about the environmental impact of print. Fortunately for our industry some exhibitors, a rare few, are making sustainability a key platform at the show. Among these, Agfa has gone furthest so far.

Colour Me Rainbow

medium_laurel2015.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

Well how bored are we all with colour management? Marginally bored? Slightly bored? Very bored? Bordering suicidally bored? We are all somewhere on the spectrum, as it were, to some extent ranging from say pale yellow to pale purple. But boring as it may be colour management is about money management. It’s also about environmental management, so this is why we simply have to keep banging on about it.

Gathering Carbon Footprint Data

medium_2015_Laurel B.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

At HP’s recent pre-drupa press conference in Israel a colleague asked how we can trust the accuracy of carbon footprint calculations. We were discussing HP’s commitment to doing full Life Cycle Analyses (LCA) for its Indigo digital presses, so that the associated CO2 can be offset. How far can you trust the numbers? Where does a company start with its CO2 calculations?

Partners in Sustainability

medium_laurel3.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

If you are serious about improving your environmental impact, partnership may be the way to go. It can even have additional unexpected benefits for your business, unrelated to the main project. Partnering works not just between developers, but also across the developer/customer divide. Toray and Seacourt Printing, a UK printing company, have been working together on a new printing system to reduce Seacourt’s environmental impact.

Digital Press Energy Usage Standard

medium_laurel2015.jpgThe weekly Verdigris blog by Laurel Brunner

ISO TC130 WG11, the committee and working group responsible for the environmental impact of print, want your help. We are working on a new standard for measuring the amount of energy a digital press uses. This document is an important and necessary companion to ISO 16759, which outlines how to calculate the carbon footprint of print media.

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